You can have some great days out during the winter months along the Tyne Valley Railway. There rail connections at Newcastle from stations in Teesside, Yorkshire as well as Scotland, the Midlands and South.

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As part of our Open in Winter project, we are visiting some of the stations managed by TransPennine Express in Teesside and Yorkshire promoting travel to the Tyne Valley area.  We are grateful to TeansPennine Express for their financial support for this project and for their assistance during our presence at their stations.

We have put together some suggestions of places to visit, ideas for things to do and see and negotiated some money-saving offers at local businesses and attractions.

These will be uploaded to this page very soon

 

Barry MartinThe Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) is exploring the possibility of staging Commemoration Event(s) to remember the 1939/1940 World war Two evacuations of women and children from the Tyneside industrial conurbation to the relative safety of rural Tynedale. TVCRP has teamed up with Wallsend Local History Society to identify interest particularly those who were involved both from Tyneside and the receiving towns of Haltwhistle, Brampton and the surrounding villages.

With Remembrance Sunday being only a week away, Fiona Forsythe TVCRP Officer has been busy distributing the knitted poppies to the Station Ambassadors in the Tyne Valley.

These poppies were knitted last year for the Armistice Centenary when every station on the Tyne Valley line had a display. After the event, the poppies were carefully taken down, dried and stored for future use.

The photograph shows Joseph Coding, Blaydon Station Ambassador erecting the display at Blaydon Station.

Poppies at Blaydon Station

A really enjoyable festive event is the annual Late Night Christmas Shopping evening at Haltwhistle. The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) staff and volunteers are now regular participants of the event. The Education Centre for TVCRP is housed in the Old Booking Office at the Railway Station and this is large enough to be put to good use for this community event.

Brampton (Cumbria) is a station on the Newcastle – Carlisle line. For many years it was known as Brampton Junction, as when the line was built the Earl of Carlisle did not want the railway going anywhere near his property so this rural station is rather remote and was linked to Brampton Town by a short branch line. This closed as long ago as 1923, and is now a footpath. Brampton is managed by Northern and has a two hourly train service, but it is hoped this will be improved in subsequent timetable changes.